First, let's talk about making people want to play here.
Second, while I understand people make mistakes, the leadership of this community seems EXTREMELY quick to throw someone to the curb regardless of time spent and invested. Mind you these are my opinion, but I strongly stand behind them.
Justin Creed situation? Absurd. The guy WAS a member of the community for how many years? Again, he made a mistake, and years of time and dedication, gone.
Paco Garcia situation? Poorly handled and communication was nonexistent. I have proof of this. Sure what he did was wrong, but 3 days ban wrong? Without any communication?
Shredxt situation? FFS talk to the guy or give him a warning, or some sort of strike system. For all the work he put in, he gets full IP banned at every level for something done in good faith for RP reasons. All the good things he did development wise, gone because he made a MISTAKE.
Box truck being Fail RP announcement as the event is unfolding, when it has NEVER been against the rules (there simply isn't an alternative).
Staff have done a very good job recently in removing some of the toxic, and negative newer members of the community. Staff can definitely do better.
Next, lets talk about development choices when it comes to staff.
STOP RESTRICTING AND REMOVING
START GIVING MORE FREEDOM AND PUNISH ABUSE ACCORDINGLY
For the sake of this discussion, lets use Tazers as an example. An issue for the longest time, was thought to be IMPOSSIBLE to allow the public to have access to. Initially there was an influx of stupidity, but after a while it settled down and usage became normal for the most part, and to my knowledge there is not an abundance of complaints since their implementation.
Things that would make the server more fun:
Aircraft being allowed to be used or associated with crime in a limited capacity (right now it's a server rule break to even hold a pilot up, or for a pilot to do crime in any capacity).
Universal vehicle "put in/take out".
Just do it, stop making these petty arguments of "EMS RP loss" or "Abundance of Fail RP".
Restrict weapons in some way, everyone having easy access to high power weaponry is nutty.
Things that will make the server great again, and IMO should have top priority:
Large Content Releases that can be accompanied by advertising for the community
The goal here isn't to point the smoking gun at the developers, the idea is to shed some light on how many of us feel based on things that have unfolded the last few months. If there is retaliation because I decided to speak my mind here, that's fine, I feel good about voicing my concerns.
I hear it all the time that development is significantly influenced by staff and in particular by the owner. @Floppy Pancakes It starts with you and trickles downward through the community. The moment I posted a fun idea and something possibly creative to do in RP that was taken from a clip on my stream I shared, it was met with "that's probably ban-worthy". Imagine on my end, where i'm trying to go out of my way to make fun and dynamic scenarios that can unfold, and subsequently I get a swift kick in the balls from the owner. Now all the sudden everything I am thinking of doing that is new and unique is followed by "well, am I going to get banned for this too?"
Sucks. Please focus your energy on making this a FUN place to RP, where abusers of the (hopefully) new and fun restrictions are punished accordingly and made an example of.
Lastly i'm going to state that overall I feel that the vast majority of choices, and the amount of effort that is invested have been both good and appreciated. Some of these recent things have really taken the wind out of the sails so to say for people. Don't take the negative tone of this post to heart. There is a lot of good things happening and that have happened, but lately it's been a very bumpy ride.